Supertram prices rise by up to 25 per cent as cheap rate axed - JOIN THE DEBATE

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SINGLE Supertram fares are going up - with one ticket increasing by a quarter.

Operator Stagecoach is putting up its prices from April 11, adding 10 pence to the price of all singles, which are rising to £1.50 and £2.10, depending on the journey length.

But the current, reduced-rate of £1.20 for city centre single trips is being scrapped and passengers will have to pay £1.50 instead.

Stagecoach is also increasing its bus and tram Dayrider from £3.50 to £3.70.

A separate increase will also apply to Explorer tickets, for a day’s unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with the fare going up from £5 to £5.20 from Friday this week.

Stagecoach said all other fares were being frozen, including the £12 seven-day bus and tram ticket in Sheffield, which has not increased since 2008.

In addition, online tickets will remain the same, including 28-day and annual megarider tickets. Stagecoach says both provide excellent value for money, with 28-day tickets offering travel, on both bus and tram, from just £1.64 a day.

Supertram general manager, Glenn Stocks, said: “While the cost of travelling by car continues to rocket, we are freezing the price of the multi-journey tickets used by most of our fare-paying customers.

“We will be making some small increases to day and single fares, as a result of rising costs in areas such as fuel, energy and pensions.

“However, we have been able to protect prices for passengers who rely on our services the most.”

Stagecoach said the city centre single ticket, which is being phased out, was only used by two per cent of tram passengers.

The company added that its fares still “compared well” with the soaring cost of motoring.

Brandon Jones, deputy managing director of rival bus firm, First South Yorkshire, said: “We did not put up our fares in January, unlike in previous years, and are continuing with our fare freeze.

“We are also considering further promotional fares as part of efforts to increase customers and grow the market.”